By Susan Shinn Turner When Pastor Laura Henrik first felt the call to ministry, she felt the call to youth ministry. But she was told by others who worked in that area, “That’s cute, but what do you want to do when you’re 40?” “At 34,” Pastor Laura says, “I feel a call to youth…

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By Susan Shinn Turner After 10 years and three children in the youth program, Jake and Carole Parrott are passing the torch as youth advisors. When their oldest daughter, Lauren Miller, came through the youth program, the Parrotts say, there were already strong leaders in place: Steve and Celia Jarrett, Amy Ritchie, Don and Marsha…

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By Susan Shinn Turner During the 2018-2019 school year, some 120 middle-schoolers and high-schoolers were active in the St. John’s youth program. The best attended Sunday night welcomed 49 middle-schoolers and 41 high-schoolers — just a random Sunday evening with 90 kids. Those are amazing figures for the youth program, which has been under the…

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By Susan Shinn Turner It’s a busy summer planned for youth ministry, and Kai Thurow, youth minister, is ready to roll. Well, just about. “This is when I switch into summer mode,” Kai says of the month of May. Here’s a look at what’s going on at St. John’s this summer for youth group members…

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By Susan Shinn Turner “Flexibility is key to the game.” That’s the note Youth Minister Kai Thurow has attached to his printer. It’s a good thing. Kai has definitely had to be flexible when planning this year’s youth auction, set for Sunday, March 31, beginning at 4:30 pm. He notes that another major community fundraiser…

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It’s about that time of year when we begin our Angel Tree Project. Each year, St. John’s faith community sponsors families to experience the love of God and joy of Christmas through our Angel Tree Project, in partnership with the Salvation Army. We want you to partner with us in this endeavor! Here’s how it…

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This morning my service project was with Mobile Meals. We went to a bunch of houses and we went up to the door and brought them hot and cold meals for the day. And at one of the houses we went to a lady invited us in. And when we went in she told us…

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So my favorite thing today was probably being able to help the growers at Beardsley Farm grow food to give to people that need food. So another high of my day, after we were done picking weeds at Beardsley Farm was throwing a baby potato around playing catch with it. For my second service project…

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  First, I woke up and we went to Cafe WOW where we talked about this guy who was being bullied by football players and the coach stepped in and helped him. Then we had breakfast. Today for service projects we went to Beardsley Farm and picked raspberries, tomatoes, and then pulled a lot of…

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Justin Simpkins is graduating June 9 from East Rowan High School. The son of Shane and Deedee Simpkins, Justin will be attending Rowan County Community College in the fall for their Paramedic Course. Grace Howell is graduating June 9 from East Rowan High School. The daughter of Alison Wilsey and Brian Howell, Grace will attend…

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